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SanDisk Ventures combines the best characteristics of traditional venture funds with the technical insight, scale and experience of strategic investors. We offer the best-value proposition for our portfolio companies and co-investors alike. We collaborate with cutting-edge entrepreneurs and investors who share our vision in memory storage, cloud, data center, mobile, wearables, and big data.
We help our partners create value and overcome obstacles and we provide a host of resources to help them succeed. We are committed to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation with a capital fund of $75 million. Our close ties with top tier venture capitalists and other strategic investors, combined with SanDisk’s technologies, resources, and seasoned executives can help you gain a competitive edge.
Mr. Sadana has served as Chief Strategy Officer of the Company since April 2010. Previously, he was President of Sunrise Capital. Prior to that, Mr. Sadana was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, as well as Chief Technology Officer at Freescale Semiconductor. He started his career at IBM where he held several hardware design, software development, operations, strategic planning, business development, and general management roles.
Mr. Sadana earned his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Hartner joined SanDisk’s Corporate Strategy team in January 2011. He oversees SanDisk's global M&A, venture capital, and strategic corporate business development activities. Prior to SanDisk, he was the Chief Marketing Officer of VIA optronics and General Manager of VIA optronics' North America and China divisions, where he successfully led the company into the consumer-electronics segment.
Mr. Hartner earned his Diplom-Ingenieur Degree in Vehicle Engineering from the Munich University of Applied Sciences, with a concentration in Airframe Structural Design. He earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.
Mr. Renard joined SanDisk in 2014 and leads North American venture investing across the enterprise, data center, mobile, and Internet of Things sectors.
Mr. Renard has 20 years of business development and venture capital experience, 14 of which he spent as a corporate investor for the Orange-France Telecom Group in North America, investing in start-ups involved in enterprise, consumer, and carrier technologies spanning hardware, software, and services. Mr. Renard’s computing industry career began while he was in college when he served as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer.
Mr. Renard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Decision Systems, with an additional major in Policy & Management, from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Fridman leads SanDisk’s corporate business development and venture investment opportunities in Europe and Israel. In addition, Mr. Fridman has served as Director of OEM Strategic Marketing. Previously, he was Director of Mobile BU Strategic Marketing and Product Management. Mr. Fridman joined SanDisk in November 2006 through the acquisition of Msystems Ltd.
Mr. Fridman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bar Ilan University and his MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Ms. Kamat leads SanDisk’s corporate and strategic business development opportunities in North America while also exploring digital media technology venture investment opportunities. She has also been a key contributor in several M&A and post-merger integration activities since 2011. Ms. Kamat started her career in engineering and offers a strong background in product and system development.
Ms. Kamat earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Altair Semiconductor, the leading provider of single-mode LTE solutions, is playing a pivotal role in realizing the vision of the Internet of Everything. By offering LTE-only semiconductor solutions, unhampered by the high cost of 3G silicon, bill-of-materials and patent royalties, Altair is disrupting the ecosystem and enabling, for the first time, the introduction of connected devices at a marginally higher cost than Wi-Fi only devices.
Altair’s products have been qualified by leading wireless carriers globally. More than 30 device makers have selected Altair’s chipsets as their single-mode LTE solution to power more than 80 end-user devices, including tablets, netbooks, USB dongles, portable hotspots, fixed routers and modems, and M2M applications.
For more information, visit http://altair-semi.com
August builds products that bring a new level of control, security and trust to the home. August’s flagship product, the August Smart Lock, is an intelligent hardware and software access system that secures users’ homes and allows them to also send virtual keys to anyone they would like to have access to their homes. Founded by technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson and renowned designer Yves Béhar, August has raised $50 million in funding to date and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company has opened its cloud platform to trusted developer partners, vetted by August, so they can build new experiences that leverage the August Smart Lock and help grow the Internet of Things connected world.
For more information, visit http://www.august.com
Corephotonics aims to dramatically improve smartphone photography by bridging the quality gap between compact cameras and digital still cameras using cutting-edge computational photography technology. Offering innovative camera designs which involve mechanical, optical and computational components, Corephotonics asserts that central performance limits may be transcended using advanced actuators, multi-aperture optics and advanced image processing algorithms. Corephotonics’ founding team has pioneered computational photography in commercial devices and has been active in the mobile phone market for several years.
For more information, visit http://corephotonics.com
Magisto is a cloud-based service for creating and sharing professional quality personal movies. It automatically selects the most compelling moments from personal videos and photos and, like an expert video editor, weaves them together to convey a story with customized styles and music. Magisto can be used across iOS and Android platforms, and the Web, and is the highest-rated video creation app in the Google Play and iOS App Stores.
For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Ventures Invests in Magisto, the Leader in Mobile Video Storytelling
Nexenta Systems is a leader in the fast-growing software defined storage (SDS) market. Nexenta’s software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, scalable and cost-effective storage solutions for both private and public cloud environments. The company has over 5,000 customer deployments with more than 800 petabytes of storage under management. Nexenta partners with key technology vendors, including Dell, Cisco and others, to support cloud deployments built on CloudStack and OpenStack solutions.
For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Ventures Invests in Software Defined Storage Solutions Leader Nexenta Systems
Panzura allows enterprises to achieve all the benefits of cloud storage in a secure platform while maintaining traditional NAS features and performance and providing global user interconnectivity and centralized storage. The Panzura Global Cloud Storage System integrates with existing infrastructures without changes and with the leading cloud storage platforms. Storage islands disappear, sprawl is reduced or eliminated, CapEx is replaced by OpEx, capacity and data protection costs go down, system management is simplified, and users share joint workflows as needed as if they were local. Panzura: Cloud Storage Made Seamless. Learn more at www.panzura.com
For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Ventures Invests in Cloud Storage Solutions Provider Panzura, Extending Enterprise Storage Focus
Pebbles Interfaces is set to revolutionize the way people interact with the digital world. The company’s technology provides an entirely new meaning to simple and natural human gestures by unifying the interfaces with any device, platform or object, be it a smartphone, PC, smart TV -- from any distance. Peebles Interfaces develops advanced motion sensors that dematerialize physical objects into the digital space, at any range or angle, with no latency. The company’s minimal hardware is being embedded in its partners’ smart products and devices, and is set to reinvent consumer experience.
For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Invests in Pebbles Interfaces
About Ravello Systems
Ravello Systems, the industry’s leading nested virtualization software company, is driving a fundamental shift in enterprise economics by enabling enterprises to use their choice of leading cloud services, on demand. Enterprises can now achieve the perfect balance of private and public cloud resources by running their applications in any cloud without any migration overhead.
For more information, visit http://www.ravellosystems.com/
Stratoscale is redefining the data center, developing a hardware-agnostic software platform converging compute, storage and networking across the rack or data center. Stratoscale’s software transforms standard x86 servers into a hyper-converged infrastructure solution combining high-performance storage with efficient cloud services, while supporting both containers and virtualization on the same platform. The self-optimizing platform automatically distributes all physical and virtual assets and workloads in real time, delivering “rack-scale economics” to data centers of all sizes with unparalleled efficiency and operational simplicity.
For more information, visit http://www.stratoscale.com/
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Invests in Tegile Systems
Whiptail was sold to Cisco for approximately $415 M, a successful exit for SanDisk ventures. Founded in 2008, WHIPTAIL is a data storage-industry innovator powering faster, more energy-efficient computing for today's global businesses via flash storage. The company's technology dramatically accelerates application performance and lowers costs for enterprises harnessing cloud computing, virtualization and big data. Based in Whippany, N.J., WHIPTAIL is run by Wall Street and Fortune 500 IT veterans, and backed by investors including Ignition Partners, RRE Ventures, Spring Mountain Capital, and SanDisk Corporation.
For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Launches New Venture Capital Investment Initiative
Interested in meeting SanDisk Ventures and hearing more about out our approach? The team regularly participates and speaks at international venture capital and start-up events throughout the year.
Axis Cap Digital Paris June 15-16, 2015 Paris, France Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Panelist
Atlantic Venture Forum June 10-11, 2015 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
National Hardware Cup April 2, 2015 San Jose, CA, USA Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Judge, Startup Competition
SouthEast Venture Conference March 31-April 1, 2015 Charlotte, NC, USA Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Moderator, Investment Trends Panel
Venture Summit West February 10-11, 2015 Mountain View, CA, USA Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Panelist, Corporate Venture Funding: What You Need to Know
DBF February 2, 2015 Redwood Shores, CA, USA Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Fireside Chat with Jean-Louis Gassée of Allegis Capital
Axis Corporate Edition December 15 2014 Tel Aviv, Israel Amir Fridman, Director, Corporate Business Development Panelist, HealthTech & Internet of Things
GSA Israel Executive Forum November 11, 2014 Herzliya, Israel Amir Fridman, Director, Corporate Business Development Keynote Address, Overcoming the IoT Memory Bottleneck
Innovation Enterprise Corporate Venturing Summit October 21-22, 2014 San Francisco, CA, USA Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Panelist, Corporate Venture Capital Sustainability Judge, Startup Pitching Session
Korean Innovation Night September 25, 2014 Palo Alto, CA, USA Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Judge, Startup Pitching Session
Venture Capital & The Internet of Things at Founders Space September 24, 2014 Palo Alto, CA, USA Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Panelist, Perspectives on IoT Judge, Startup Pitching Session
Axis Ottawa September 9-10, 2014 Ottawa, Canada Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Panelist, Axis Exchange Investor Spotlight Judge, Mobile Startups Pitching Session
New York Venture Summit June 16-17, 2014 New York, NY, USA Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures Panelist, Corporate VCs and Strategic Funding